Posts Tagged ‘twitter’

FourSquare Sees Massive Growth

February 5, 2010

It seems that location-based social-game affair FourSquare has seen something of a popularity boost in the last two months, with traffic to the service tripling, cementing its position.

For those who haven’t had a chance to give it a go yet, FourSquare isa relatively simple game that allows users to accrue points based on their location. Users can “check in” at a particular location flagged as being nearby based on their current location, as pulled from their phone. Players are awarded points based on their various check-ins, with badges being awarded for specific criteria.

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Twitter Details Security Threat

February 3, 2010

Yesterday it emerged that Twitter had distributed a message to a bundle of its users asking them to change their passwords due to a potential phishing attack. Indeed, those users were forced to change their login details, and now Twitter has opened up about just why.

The word from the folks at Twitter, who updated the Twitter status blog a few hours ago with some details of the phishing attack that led to its request for users to change passwords. Indeed, it seems that Twitter has seen the culmination of a fairly long-term plan to grab user’s passwords on a large scale. The description of events from Twitter’s point of view essentially details the setting up of filesharing services, complete with security vulnerabilities and then using user’s data on those sites to gain control of their Twitter profiles.

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Twitter Forces Users to Change Passwords

February 2, 2010

It seems that Twitter has been forcing some users who it believes to have had their accounts compromised in a recent phishing attack to change their passwords.

I can never remember if it's 'fail wale' or 'fale wale' 😦

It seems that Twitter has pre-empted those who would-be victims of the phishing attack by messaging them in advance, warning of the issue and then instituting a mandatory password reset. Indeed, the message from the folks at Twitter, as obtained from the fine folks at TheNextWeb simply reads,

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Pope Encourages Priests to Blog

January 25, 2010

In a message to leaders of the Catholic Church across the world, Pope Benedict XVI has urged them to become a little more au fait when it comes to building an online presence.  The announcement was made in a speech regarding the theme of this year’s World Communications Day (May 16), entitled, ‘The Priest and Pastoral Ministry in a Digital World: New Media at the Service of the Word’. Catchy.

The last guy really didn’t like Twitter…

The Pope told members of the church, “The world of digital communication, with its almost limitless expressive capacity, makes us appreciate all the more Saint Paul’s exclamation: ‘Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel’.” Pope Benedict continued, “Priests are thus challenged to proclaim the Gospel by employing the latest generation of audiovisual resources – images, videos, animated features, blogs, websites – which, alongside traditional means, can open up broad new vistas for dialogue, evangelization and catechesis.”

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Touchy Feely Digg Overhaul Ahead

January 22, 2010

With over 35 million monthly users you’d think Digg was doing okay but according to its founder, Kevin Rose, it’s time for a shake up. Making the slightly worrying prediction that people will think “this is not the same site”, he adds that “we’re making some drastic changes, but they’re much-needed drastic changes”.

Kevin Rose (with beer bottle), says the new Digg will be all about 'touching pieces of content’. Add in the rest of the gag yourself.

So what’s going to be different then?  Well, according to reports today the placement of the navigation bar and Digg button should change as will the emphasis placed on images. “People are going to be shocked at some of the directions we’re taking,” said Rose, sounding slightly like a band member before a difficult second album, “You have to be comfortable with completely tearing down and throwing away a bunch of ideas.”

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Inside the Mind of Bill Gates

January 21, 2010

After finding his way onto Twitter recently Bill Gates is beginning to get into the whole idea of sharing thoughts, musings, lunch choices and betting tips. Well maybe not the last two, but he’s launched a site – The Gates Notes – to keep people up to date on what matters to the Microsoft Chairman, with elements including a podcast series, missions statements on education and pandemics and much more.

I think we’d all like to know what he was thinking here.

It’s nice, neat and simple but beyond his more extra-curricular interests, the site is bound to be an oft-quoted source for comments on any major tech news. Gates told CNET that he missed having the kind of Web presence he had at Microsoft.

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Skype Sees Massive Boost

January 19, 2010

It seems that Skype has seen a massive bump over the course of the last year or so, with the VOIP company now accounting for fully 12% of all international calling minutes.

According to a report from TeleGeography, growth of international telephone traffic on a whole has slowed, while Skype has seen its uptake continue steadily, managing to accumulate a massive following. It’s worth noting that Skype accounts for fully 12% of all “international calling minutes” but we’d imagine the percentage of international calls carried by Skype is far lower… it’s just that those using Skype for international calls are more likely to stay on the phone significantly longer.

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Obama’s First Tweet… of sorts

January 19, 2010

CNN and other news outlets across the US were falling over themselves today to report on how President Obama sent his first tweet yesterday. However, don’t expect regular updates on life in the Oval Office and short missives about getting prank calls from some oddly-accented lady asking if he can see Russia from his house.

Obama hasn’t used his BlackBerry to tweet personally as yet

Instead of setting up his own account though, Obama stopped at the headquarters of the American Red Cross’ to promote aid to Haiti, when a member of the agency’s new media team wrote a message on Twitter.com telling people he had arrived.

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United Send Twitter to the Stands

January 19, 2010

After a season where three Premier League footballers have gotten into trouble over their Twitter accounts revealing team or transfer info, league champions Manchester United have taken a no-nonsense policy to social media by apparently deleting all personal Twitter and Facebook pages.

Wouldn’t you like to know his inner thoughts?

Both Sunderland’s Darren Bent and Hull City’s Freddie Adu got into a spot of bother earlier this season by revealing info about Bent’s transfer to the North East club and Adu being dropped from the Hull squad respectively. Following on from these much publicised blunders Liverpool’s Ryan Babel tweeted “Hey everyone. I’ve got some disappointing news, I am not travelling to Stoke. The Boss left me out the squad. No explanation”, before last weekend’s fixtures. It seems that United are trying to make sure that none of their players make any similar online slip ups.

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Skype to Get More Social?

January 18, 2010

Skype could befit massively from a move to supply VOIP to other social networks, using its vast user base as solid evidence that the service can offer the kind of scale needed.

Indeed, as pointed out by LooseWireBlog, Skype boasts more users than Twitter, Facebook and MySpace combined, which makes it, in an off-beat kind of way, the biggest social networking platform on earth. Still, the fact is that most users have opted to make an account not for the “social networking” side of things, but so that they can make phone calls on the cheap, which is always going to be a big draw.

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